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A new MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is signed and ready to be added to your contract!#
Recently, an Association Group Grievance was filed on behalf of the nurses regarding Supplemental and Part Time nurses’ unpaid time off.
Championing this grievance was Stephanie Othmer, RN from the ER (pictured), who found the application of the language was done inconsistently and wrongly by Management according to your contract. Under the grievance process, together with WSNA, it was discovered the application by Management of the language was ambiguous throughout the hospital. As part of the settlement, the parties agreed to bargain language that would secure intent and understanding moving forward.
In addition, your team of WSNA nurses made some additional gains for this group of nurses!
NEW additions to the language include:
A new rollover system for unpaid time off if not used by the end of the year.
A new system for supplementals to take a one month “pause” from their Supplemental agreements should they chose.
Nurses now have the discretion to take unpaid time off in hourly increments, vs a whole entire shift. This allows the nurse more flexibility in their lives for family commitments, or other personal events.
Thank you to your WSNA team of nurses — Nonie Kingma, AGPU, Darryl Johnson, CICU, Rian Williams, NICU, Alyssa Boldt, 9N Cardiac Medical and Stephanie Othmer, ER, for your hard work on helping to craft this new language.
Please be sure to print a copy of this MOU and keep it in a safe place along with your WSNA Contract.
Congratulations SHMC RNs for another, fantastic victory and win!
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.